Book Review: Too Late by Colleen Hoover

Title: Too Late
Author: @colleenhoover
Reviewer: Grace
Genre: New Adult
Length: 395 pages
Rating: 4.25 Stars


Sloan will go through hell and back for her little brother. And she does, every single night.

Forced to remain in a relationship with the dangerous and corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to make sure her brother has what he needs.

Nothing will get in her way.

Nothing except Carter.

Sloan is the only good thing to ever happen to Asa. He knows this and he never plans on letting her go; even if she doesn’t approve of his lifestyle. But despite Sloan’s disapproval, Asa knows what it takes to get what he wants. He knows what he needs to do to remain on top.

Nothing will get in his way.

Nothing except Carter.

Grace Review

If you are familiar with this author’s work, the most important thing you need to know about this book is that it is NOTHING like her other work.  Sure, there are some common themes of hope, second chances, and righting wrongs, that are layered in her other work.  But if I had to go with one word to describe this book, it would be: edgy.

This book also includes some romance tropes that some people try to avoid (don’t read this part if you don’t want to know them): cheating, love triangles, dubious consent.  I am not that reader. I’ll read anything. However, I was surprised the direction the author took with this story.

Let’s be clear, Asa is not a good guy. First there is the fact that he’s a drug dealer. Then there is the fact that he only cares about one thing, himself. He will lead you to believe that Sloane is his world. But really, she’s only good when she is doing and saying everything to please him. He doesn’t accept her as she is. He forces her to conform to what works for him. Although I hated him to the core, I, like other readers, liked having his POV. His honesty about his approach to life was eye opening and a bit mad. He is also crazy smart. Something we don’t learn until very late in the story. Too late.

Yes, this book is appropriately named. The theme of being too late to stop Asa, too late to save Sloane, too late to change.

“I can’t keep my hands off you because I’m scared to death that if I move too slow . . . if I don’t take things too fast . . . I’ll be too late.”

There was never a doubt in my mind about Carter. He remains good and true throughout the story. Sloane, I wasn’t sure about. It’s hard to define whether she is a strong heroine. Yes, I applaud her ability to survive what Ash put her through, but sometimes I wish she spoke up more to him, instead of giving him only positive responses. I could see how he interpreted her signals incorrectly.

This book was initially released in parts via Wattpad. I can’t imagine how readers handled that, as there are some huge twists within the book that would have readers pulling their hair out. I personally purchased the book once completed and I loved the story as a whole, but I did question how it was put together. The prologue is in the middle, and there are 2 epilogues which didn’t really feel like epilogues. What I’m trying to say is these titles distinctions threw me off, and I think it would have been better to leave them out, instead just highlighting if storyline was past or present, with the completed work. Just my opinion.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. Part of that reason, as I previously mentioned, is how different this one was compared to the author’s other work. I loved seeing how she pushed boundaries as a writer, while still delivering quality writing that we have come to rely on from her. Whether you are a CoHo fan, or just looking for something gritty, I’d definitely recommend this one.

– Grace

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